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  • Writer's pictureSkye Deane

Keep your Mental Health strong

Although Mental Health Awareness Week was last week, as we all know, mental health shouldn't be about just one week. One-in-four adults and one-in-ten children experience mental illness during their lifetime, and many more of us know and care for people who do (NHS England, 2022). We all have mental health – whether it is good, bad, or in the middle. Put simply, your mental health is the way you feel on any particular day. Our mental health and well-being can also be known as our "emotional well-being". Generally, we all have days where we feel good and days when we don’t and this can affect the way you think, feel, and behave. A person with mental health or emotional well-being problem will have more bad days than good. We are not mental health specialists nor counselors and do not claim to treat a diagnosis of a mental health condition however we can help you build resilience and devise ways to manage events and discover ways to cope to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Firstly, by having Awareness:

  • you know where you are, at any particular moment – meet yourself there, not where you want to be

  • you can identify what takes you from pressure to stress

  • you can identify what you need to rebalance.

The feeling of overwhelm is unique to all of us, we all feel it very differently and at different levels plus we react very differently. So, by identifying when and what you need to rebalance is key. Exercise:

  • What energises you?

  • What drains you?

  • Are these out of balance?

  • Make a commitment to do one thing more that gives you energy and one thing less that takes it away

Secondly, we have to be true to ourselves.

Here is an exercise that can help all of us in any aspect of life, whether that is seeking support, going for that promotion, changing jobs or careers, going to the doctor, changing our diet, doing more exercise and saying no, as examples.

Knowing what stops you can help you start.

  • Write down all the barriers which are stopping you

  • Select the one barrier that is most troublesome for you. What are the costs of continuing to have this as a barrier?

  • Are there any benefits?

  • What are the benefits of taking action?

  • What new behaviour do you now have? What is your action?

Finally, asking for support and showing vulnerability is not a weakness, it is a strength.

Thank you @CharlieMackesy for this image.

  • Take one step at a time, do not compare yourself to others

  • Focus on your current moment and remind yourself of where you have come from

  • Control the controllables

  • Know your why?!

We look forward to supporting you in being confident in who you are and what you do. You are not alone and you are doing great. Kind regards, Skye and Alex

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